KKR have one win from two outings so far this season. Kallis attributed KKR's defeat to Mumbai Indians from a winning position in the last match to poor fielding. In IPL Match 7th, MI will face KKR on Sunday.
Rana's well paced essay which turned the match on its head after KKR had managed to shave off half of Mumbai batting for a modest score, was laced with five boundaries and three over-boundaries. The home record is better still for KKR as they have won 6 out of 8 matches against Kings XI Punjab. "Very happy with this win", said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
It is perhaps the influence of mentor Virender Sehwag that the KXIP players have expressed themselves without any inhibitions and have executed their skills without any pressure of failure. The teams will be looking up on the respective players to fire for the team. Robin Uthappa, who was Gambhir's steady opening partner in the last few seasons, could well return to the top of the order in Lynn's absence. Colin de Grandhomme, if he makes his IPL debut, will one to watch out for too.
But nothing could be taken away from the efforts of Rana and Pandya, who hauled their team first in contention and then over the line in a remarkable run chase. Pandey hammered New Zealand's Mitchell McCleneghan for 23 runs in the last over of the innings - which featured two sixes and two fours. His T20 record for India this year has also been a let-down as Pandya scored 22 runs in 3 matches and gone wicket-less with his bowling in the three games. Mystery spinners Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav haven't looked menacing, while the newlook pace attack, comprising Kiwi Trent Boult and Englishman Chris Woakes, has been pedestrian.
Rana smashed 50 off 29 balls before Pandya came up with a 29-run cameo off 11 balls to seal a thrilling four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders. Off Sandeep Sharma's 57 wickets in the IPL, 28 are of opening batsmen.
Lions, who also lost their first match by 10 wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders, yet again struggled for wickets as the Australian pair of Warner (76 not out) and Moises Henriques (52 not out) helped the defending champions race to 140-1 in 15.3 overs.
Punjab should go in with an unchanged XI even though Mohit Sharma has conceded 81 runs in the two games he has featured in.
Charlie Murphy Dead at 57 After Leukemia Battle
Zendaya posted, "Rest In Peace to the legend that is Charlie Murphy , thank you for always bringing us joy and laughter". DL Hughley talked about Murphy the family man, explaining "after every gig, he rushed home to be with his kids".